My name is Laraine Hodgson and I am the new Chair of Enfield Island Village Trust. I bought my property on Enfield Island Village back in 2000 when the development was new. I am very happy living on the Island and share my house with my two cats. I am a retired primary school headteacher, and worked in Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire. I am now a governor at Prince of Wales Primary School.
I have 36 years of teaching experience to draw on, the last 16 years as a headteacher of three different schools. This has given me a wealth of experience relating to governance, finance, planning, policy, community, team work etc. I also have good people skills having dealt on different levels with children and adults, working within the bounds of confidentiality regarding staffing issues and child protection.
Since my retirement I have really learnt what a lovely place Enfield Island Village is to live. I was appointed as a trustee in November 2019 having become involved in the walking group, and with the monthly coffee mornings which I would like to see set up again, so that members can raise issues and share ideas.
As a trust we have some projects planned including work on the long arm of the canal and basin, a new more robust vehicle barrier in Government Row, and more community events. I am sure you will agree that the parkland in the village is kept to a high standard by the gardeners that the trust appointed last year. We also changed managing agents last year to Rendall and Rittner. We are aiming to work closely with the police to ensure safety of our island community, and improve communication to all.
I really do believe Enfield Island Village is a special place. I have often heard visitors walking through or cycling commenting on what a lovely place. Let’s keep it so and build on a bright future.
Chair of Enfield Island Village Trust